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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Attitude of Gratitude-11/09/2011


I thought I’d join my friend Sylvia this week for her Attitude of Gratitude series. As Thanksgiving approaches I can’t think of a better time to practice gratitude.

She talked about being grateful for the little things. I think we can take those little things for granted sometimes. So I’m going to try to focus on those today.

I’m grateful for….

  • ….my family. I think we have a tendency to take them for granted. Like they are always going to be there. But I challenge you to treat each day like it were your last with them.  My 9 year old displays this best. He will always hug me and tell me good bye and that he loves me no matter where I’m going. I could just be going down the street to a neighbors house but he still does the same thing every time. 
  • ….the ability to plant our own veggies. We experienced first hand not being able to grow a thing based on location. When we lived at the beach we couldn’t get anything to grow but since we moved we’ve had 2 plentiful gardens. Though we didn’t plant zucchini this time around. I’m sure our neighbors are thanking us right now.
  • ….holding hands. I joked the other day at how goofy we probably looked to people, because aside from my daughter who just laughed at my observation (this is about the time I grabbed her and put my arm around her so she could look goofy too) we were all joined together hand in hand walking across a parking lot, talking and laughing. It speaks volumes but yet it’s such a small gesture. Now a days if you see a Mom or Dad holding a kids hand they are usually jerking them around in a store or something.
  • This last one is will probably seem kind of weird but I’m thankful for Crayons. I’ve had (and still have) such precious moments with my kids based around coloring with crayons. Some of you remember this laugh I got out of coloring with my then 3 year old.

Well that’s it for today. Nobody likes a long post. LOL!

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  1. Just beautiful, Kim! Thank you for sharing your thanks.

  2. I am thankful for our friends and family!

  3. Lovely list...and now I want to go find a princess coloring book and crayons.

  4. I enjoyed your gratitude list. I agree with you. We often take our loved ones for granted, because we get entangled in the routine of our daily lives. I'm also very thankful we are able to grow our own food (and flowers)...God is so good! oxo Judy

  5. I am very thankful for the freedom of speech in our country!!!

  6. so love your thankful heart. Every time I see you, your attitude is full of gratitude. Even still it was great to see the list!

  7. I love your list, LOL! I sure was grateful to my hubby today when I arrived back home from business travel and he had a home cooked meal waiting for me!

  8. And yes, I DO remember the crayon story! And the OCD Christmas story too! LOL, MUST... FIX... TREE...NOW!

  9. Thanks for sharing this. I am so grateful for my friends and family (online and off).

    Crystal Jo Bruns

    randcbruns AT kci.net

  10. Oh I can relate to this post in so many ways!! I, too, am so thankful for my family! I will never forget driving our kids (somewhere?? LOL) and they had friends with them. While driving my husband and I were holding hands. When we arrived one of the friends says, "Why were you guys holding hands?" and the look on her face was just total confusion ....How sad is that??
    Our family is always holding hands, my kids, praise the Lord, have never been ones to be embarrassed by it or pull away. Sooo thankful for them!

    Love your thankful heart kim!! I'm thankful for you ♥

  11. Oh my friend - I love your list! I am thankful for so many things - but especially my hubs and son and all the times we laugh together!

    Big I'm-grateful-for-sweet-blogging-friends-like-you size hugs!! Love you friend! :)


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